Category: External News

Meat Business Women conference develops diversity tool kit

A MEAT Business Women conference in Brisbane this week has laid the groundwork laid for new industry toolkit to deliver practical diversity and inclusion strategies for business. Source: Sheep Central Meat Business Women conference develops diversity tool kit

AuctionsPlus wool clients sell on market upswing

ONLINE wool sellers took advantage of the market upswing last week, selling 617 bales on Australia’s digital trading platform AuctionsPlus. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus wool clients sell on market upswing

Red meat strategy launched, structure still a work in progress

The Red Meat 2030 plan released today outlines a strategy for Australia’s red meat sector for the next 10 years. How the industry governance bodies that will deliver that strategy will be structured over that period is still in question. Source: Sheep Central Red meat strategy launched, structure still a work in progress

Brands force Authentico scheme to drop wool from mulesed flocks

AUSTRALIA’S arm of international luxury fibre processor The Schneider Group has decided to accept only wool from non-mulesed or ceased mulesed flocks for branding under its Authentico integrity scheme. Source: Sheep Central Brands force Authentico scheme to drop wool from mulesed flocks

Pressure for transparency on AWI committee’s election picks

PRESSURE is continuing on Australian Wool Innovation and its board nomination committee to release documents and information relating to a recommendation to re-elect former AWI chairman Wal Merriman and fellow director David Webster next month. Source: Sheep Central Pressure for transparency on AWI committee’s election picks

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 16 October 2019

COLD fronts brought showers to Australia’s south-west and east coast, while a trough over eastern Australia brought rainfall to eastern Queensland. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 16 October 2019

Collapse of the wool market is simple and logical – Small

NO funny business is in play with Australia’s currently volatile raw wool auction markets – just over-priced stocks, a lack of global consumer confidence and a failure to address rising non-mulesed wool demand, writes Western District wool producer and garment manufacturer Peter Small in his perspective on the current market conditions. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Red meat strategy launched, structure still a work in progress

The Red Meat 2030 plan released today outlines a strategy for Australia’s red meat sector for the next 10 years. How the industry governance bodies that will deliver that strategy will be structured over that period is still in question. Source: Beef Central Red meat strategy launched, structure still a work in progress

MLA Board nominees announced, chair to retire

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) members will be asked to elect one new Director and re-elect two existing Directors of MLA at the service company’s upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Tamworth on 20 November 2019. Source: Beef Central MLA Board nominees announced, chair to retire

MLA Board Director nominees announced

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) members will be asked to elect one new Director and re-elect two existing Directors of MLA at the service company’s upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Tamworth on 20 November 2019. Source: Beef Central MLA Board Director nominees announced

Cattle company buyout deal reportedly worth $600m eclipses Kidman sale

A British investor plans to buy out one of Australia’s largest cattle companies in a deal reportedly worth $600 million — nearly double paid for the Kidman empire. Source: ABC Livestock Cattle company buyout deal reportedly worth 0m eclipses Kidman sale

Heritage Seeds to change name to Barenbrug

One of Australia’s largest seed companies is changing names, with Heritage Seeds to be known as Barenbrug from October 28, 2019. Source: Grain Central Heritage Seeds to change name to Barenbrug

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 16 Oct 2019

Cold fronts brought showers to Australia’s southwest and east coast, while a trough over eastern Australia brought rainfall to eastern Queensland. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 16 Oct 2019

Surprise management buyout of CPC launched

A surprise management buyout of Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC) has been launched in a deal reported to be worth over $600 million. Source: Beef Central Surprise management buyout of CPC launched

Red Meat 2030 plan aims to double red meat sales value in 10 years

A PLAN to guide and grow Australia’s red meat industry over the next 10 years has been released this morning, setting an ambitious goal to double the value of industry sales to $57 billion and triple the amount of capital invested in the sector within the next decade. Source: Sheep Central Red Meat 2030… Read more »

SmartBeef hears feedlot bedding stacks up

The use of bedding in feedlots is stacking up commercially for Iranda Beef in South Australia, and also in a research trial conducted by the University of New England (UNE), as a means of increasing weight gain and improving cattle and human welfare. Source: Beef Central SmartBeef hears feedlot bedding stacks up

Wagga sale 14 Oct 2019: Erratic trends prevail

Cattle markets in the past week have been somewhat erratic and Wagga experienced the same fluctuating price trends, depending on quality and competition. Agents yarded 4700 cattle, 400 less than the previous market. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 14 Oct 2019: Erratic trends prevail

Levy revenue up, but overall income down for MLA in 2019

Meat & Livestock Australia’s 2019 annual report, now released on its website ahead of its annual general meeting in Tamworth on November 20, has reported a net deficit of $4.4m for 2018-19. Source: Beef Central Levy revenue up, but overall income down for MLA in 2019

Webster to delist if Canada’s PSP buy-out proceeds

Canada’s PSP Investments has entered into an agreement with NSW irrigator and cotton and nut producer, Webster Limited, to extend its ownership of ordinary shares from 19.1 per cent at present to 100pc. Source: Grain Central Webster to delist if Canada’s PSP buy-out proceeds

Meat Business Women conference: Time for action to bridge diversity gap

Over 250 attendees gathered in Brisbane for the second Australian Meat Business Women (MBW) conference, headlined by founder and global chair of MBW, Laura Ryan. Source: Beef Central Meat Business Women conference: Time for action to bridge diversity gap

Famous Birdsville Hotel for sale

Buy a beer at Birdsville – or why not the whole pub? One of Australia’s iconic outback pubs is now up for sale, listed with a $5.5m to $6m price tag. Source: Beef Central Famous Birdsville Hotel for sale

Woman deported for smuggling 4.6kg of uncooked pork into Sydney Airport

A Vietnamese woman has been deported for carrying 4.6 kilograms of raw pork meat in her luggage following a tightening of Australia’s biosecurity laws due to the threat of African swine fever. Source: ABC Livestock Woman deported for smuggling 4.6kg of uncooked pork into Sydney Airport

FarmGate Auctions inaugural online cattle sale a success

A new national online cattle marketing platform which carries a number of distinct features separating it from AuctionsPlus has held its first auction sale. Source: Beef Central FarmGate Auctions inaugural online cattle sale a success

MLA report confirms Australia as world’s top sheep and goat meat exporter

AUSTRALIA is the world’s largest sheep and goat meat exporter and exports more than 65 percent of its red meat production, according to a report released last week. Source: Sheep Central MLA report confirms Australia as world’s top sheep and goat meat exporter

Not enough wild dog fencing wire and posts? Crowdfund it

CROWD funding has proved to be a unique solution for a wild dog fence project that needed just a little more wire and posts for completion. Source: Sheep Central Not enough wild dog fencing wire and posts? Crowdfund it

Kiwi shearers beat Aussie blades to retain trans-Tasman supremacy

NEW ZEALAND has reinforced its world blade shearing champion status by keeping its unbeaten trans-Tasman record with a win over Australia at the Waimate Shears New Zealand Spring shearing and… Source: Sheep Central Kiwi shearers beat Aussie blades to retain trans-Tasman supremacy

Sheep CRC story ‘a road map for high-impact research’

A HISTORY of Australia’s Sheep CRC has been lauded as a potential road map for other industries to deliver high-impact research. Source: Sheep Central Sheep CRC story ‘a road map for high-impact research’

AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb sale clearance rate lifts

A COMPLETE clearance of first cross ewe lambs, Merino wethers and shedding breed lambs was achieved in AuctionsPlus online sales last week. Source: Sheep Central AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb sale clearance rate lifts

How the red meat sector backs Foodbank’s vital protein program

LEARN how a collaborative protein program is uniting generous companies in the meat and freight industry to help tackle Australia’s hunger problem. Source: Sheep Central How the red meat sector backs Foodbank’s vital protein program

CSIRO and Hungry Jacks bite into plant-based burger market

V2FOOD, a partnership between CSIRO, Main Sequence Ventures and Hungry Jack’s founder Jack Cowin, has launched its first plant based alternative meat product as the centrepiece of Hungry Jack’s new Rebel Whopper burgers. Source: Beef Central CSIRO and Hungry Jacks bite into plant-based burger market

Sheep meat markets put solid base to Deniliquin sheep sale + VIDEO

IT was a case of spot the agent through the dust when Deniliquin’s Landmark, Elders and Rodwells agencies conducted their annual spring sheep sale last Friday. Source: Sheep Central Sheep meat markets put solid base to Deniliquin sheep sale + VIDEO

Former AWI chairman Merriman recommended for re-election

FORMER Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman and fellow long-serving director David Webster have been recommended for re-election through a process being questioned for its lack of independence and transparency. Source: Sheep Central Former AWI chairman Merriman recommended for re-election

State of the red meat industry report 2019 released

The 2019 State of the Red Meat Industry report provides an update on production, consumption and export figures and the economic significance of the industry. Source: Beef Central State of the red meat industry report 2019 released

Beef industry today ‘almost unrecognisable’ from 2005, SmartBeef forum told

Highlighting the change and innovation that has occurred in the Australian meat industry during a panel session at ALFA’s SmartBeef conference in Dalby, Teys Australia’s Tom Maguire said the industry today was almost unrecognisable from the industry he joined 14 years ago. Source: Beef Central Beef industry today ‘almost unrecognisable’ from 2005, SmartBeef forum… Read more »

NT cattlemen welcome rejection of Non-Pastoral Use permit changes

Northern Territory cattle producers have welcomed news the NT Government will not proceed with proposed amendments to Non-Pastoral Use permits. Source: Beef Central NT cattlemen welcome rejection of Non-Pastoral Use permit changes

Funding go-ahead for NSW dams

The Federal and NSW governments have announced a $1 billion water infrastructure package for dam construction and upgrades in drought-affected NSW. Source: Grain Central Funding go-ahead for NSW dams

New rapid tests for bluetongue virus

New rapid molecular tests have been developed to identify bluetongue virus in Australian cattle and sheep. The new tests cut the result time from weeks or months to just a few hours, and can also accommodate testing for more than one strain at a time. Source: Beef Central New rapid tests for bluetongue virus

'Consequences could be deadly': WA residents urged to 'prepare early' for cyclone season

Authorities are warning WA residents to prepare emergency kits for up to five days and to avoid “last minute” preparations, despite below-average cyclone predictions for the 2019–20 season. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Consequences could be deadly’: WA residents urged to ‘prepare early’ for cyclone season

Independent calls for 'cohesive, dramatic' national climate strategy

An independent MP is leading a crossbench call pushing the Government to do more to help farmers and rural communities face climate change challenges into the future. Source: ABC Livestock Independent calls for ‘cohesive, dramatic’ national climate strategy

Farmers rejoice as feral rabbit numbers drop by 75pc

A combination of drought, disease and concerted eradication efforts have seen a huge drop in Queensland’s feral rabbit population to their lowest levels in more than 30 years. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers rejoice as feral rabbit numbers drop by 75pc

Dammed if you do, damned if you don't: Australia's water infrastructure conundrum

With towns facing “zero day” water crises National Party MPs are frustrated not enough dams are being built, but states are spending billions to fix a system ill-prepared for crisis. Source: ABC Grain Dammed if you do, damned if you don’t: Australia’s water infrastructure conundrum

Heifer prices stronger in larger AuctionsPlus offering

Heifers and some young steer categories trended stronger in price on the AuctionsPlus online marketing platform this week, despite a larger offering. Supply increased by 2582 head or 39 percent on the previous week, to total 9152 head. Source: Beef Central Heifer prices stronger in larger AuctionsPlus offering

Forward wool trading dries up around market volatility

THE roller coaster ride continued in Australia’s spot wool market again this week, rallying off a dramatic pull-back last week. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool trading dries up around market volatility

Australian wool market rises, but with a warning

AUSTRALIA’S wool market lifted again this week, but with a warning that many wool growers now stood prepared to resist price declines by withdrawing supply. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool market rises, but with a warning

NSW anthrax vaccination initiative has federal support

VICTORIA and Queensland are yet to follow New South Wales’ lead in urging statewide vaccinations against anthrax by livestock producers, despite heightened awareness of an increased infection risk nationally. Source: Sheep Central NSW anthrax vaccination initiative has federal support

Victorian wool operation wins at sustainability awards

A FAMILY-OWNED fine wool operation in south-west Victoria has won its category in the state’s prestigious Premier’s Sustainability Awards.    Source: Sheep Central Victorian wool operation wins at sustainability awards

Sheep producers needed to value the lamb benefits of native vegetation

AUSTRALIAN sheep producers can help researchers put a property value on the lamb survival benefits of native vegetation through a nationwide survey. Source: Sheep Central Sheep producers needed to value the lamb benefits of native vegetation

Agtech: eGrazor measuring cattle pasture intake

Working in collaboration with the NSW DPI, CSIRO has developed a monitoring device that determines pasture intake by cattle based on behavioural information. The solar-powered system’s sensors are worn by grazing livestock, and collect real-time behavioural data that can be interpreted to inform management and selection strategies for more sustainable livestock production systems. Source:… Read more »

Vale Bill Loughnan

Bill Loughnan cared deeply for country people and the rural sector, a devotion that was reciprocated in the deep respect in which he was held throughout the industry. Source: Beef Central Vale Bill Loughnan

Dubbo Sale 10 Oct 2019: Restocker rates slip

Young cattle to the restockers were up to 30c cheaper and more in places due to less competition from southern NSW and Victorian buyers. Source: Beef Central Dubbo Sale 10 Oct 2019: Restocker rates slip

True Aussie Beef kicking goals at Rugby World Cup

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan in full swing, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is capitalising on the global event in our largest beef export market. Source: Beef Central True Aussie Beef kicking goals at Rugby World Cup

Rangers Valley’s Black Market wins 2019 Darling Downs Beef Battle + PICS

Rangers Valley’s premium Angus brand “Black Market” was last night crowned grainfed and overall champion of the 2019 Darling Downs Beef Battle following a blind taste test of sirloin steaks from 10 premier brands involving no less than 324 individual judges. Source: Beef Central Rangers Valley’s Black Market wins 2019 Darling Downs Beef Battle… Read more »

Mort & Co major winner in 2019 Qld Export Awards

Mort & Co was last night named as the winner of the Agribusiness, Food and Beverages Award in the 2019 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards held at Brisbane City Hall. Source: Beef Central Mort & Co major winner in 2019 Qld Export Awards

Sheep Producers Australia opens up board nomination process

SHEEP Producers Australia has opened up its board selection process to allow nominations from individuals without an endorsement from a state farming organisation. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Producers Australia opens up board nomination process

Recruitment: Research reveals what young ag recruits want

MANY companies along the Australian sheep meat or wool supply chain will look at putting on fresh and young talent as part of their 2020 recruitment strategies, to allow newcomers to learn the ropes from experienced co-workers and build core experience as part of a sustainable business. Here are some insights into how to harness… Read more »

Recruitment: Research reveals what young ag recruits want in their careers

Many companies positioned somewhere along the Australian beef supply chain will look at putting-on fresh and young talent as part of their 2020 recruitment strategies, to allow newcomers to learn the ropes from experienced co-workers and help build core experience as part of a sustainable business in the future. Here’s some insights into how best… Read more »

Rollover protection to be made compulsory for quad bikes

New, mandatory safety standards for quad bikes, including the compulsory fitting of rollover protection devices, have been announced by the Federal Government today. Source: Beef Central Rollover protection to be made compulsory for quad bikes

Trade agreements critical to Australia’s regions and red meat jobs 

The Australian red meat industry urged both sides of Government to proceed with ratification of two critical free trade agreements without delay, following today’s release of a Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) report. Source: Beef Central Trade agreements critical to Australia’s regions and red meat jobs 

Innovative packaging solutions taking red meat in exciting new directions

A host of innovative new packaging solutions are taking red meat products in exciting new directions, adding convenience, shelf-life, flexibility and value to supply chain offerings, as well as helping reduce food and packaging waste. Source: Beef Central Innovative packaging solutions taking red meat in exciting new directions

New processing technologies seek to extract greater carcase yield

Australian beef processors are exploring new technologies to squeeze every last morsel of meat yield from each carcase they handle, including units designed to extract residual lean meat from beef bones. Source: Beef Central New processing technologies seek to extract greater carcase yield

Plant burger launches Australia’s v2food with export in sights

v2food’s plant-based meat has launched in Australia this week as the centrepiece of Hungry Jack’s new Rebel Whopper burgers, and if its rapid take-off is anything to go by, it could soon be landing in Australia’s Asian beef markets. Source: Grain Central Plant burger launches Australia’s v2food with export in sights

Weekly property review: Demand remains high in NSW western division

Despite being critically dry, there’s still strong demand for breeding country in the semi-arid Western Division of New South Wales, and values are holding up, property editor Linda Rowley reports. Source: Beef Central Weekly property review: Demand remains high in NSW western division

New Zealand 2019 lamb crop predicted to dip 2.4 percent

NEW Zealand’s lamb crop is estimated to fall 2.4 percent this year, with a decline in the number of breeding ewes, according to the country’s annual stock number survey. Source: Sheep Central New Zealand 2019 lamb crop predicted to dip 2.4 percent

Merino flock shines as Victorian Sustainability Awards finalist

A VICTORIAN Merino flock aiming to be carbon neutral by 2025 but with a strong focus on sheep welfare is a finalist in the Premier’s 2019 Sustainability Awards. Source: Sheep Central Merino flock shines as Victorian Sustainability Awards finalist

NSW urges general livestock vaccinations against anthrax

NEW South Wales authorities are encouraging the state-wide vaccination of livestock against anthrax as high-risk conditions persist across the state. The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land… Source: Sheep Central NSW urges general livestock vaccinations against anthrax

Unlocking the secrets to sustainable and profitable intensification in the north

A new three year project is gathering objective data and developing a calculator tool to reduce risk and increase producer confidence to invest in paddock development to lift breeder herd productivity. Source: Beef Central Unlocking the secrets to sustainable and profitable intensification in the north

Industry achievers celebrated at SMARTBEEF 2019

Industry achievers who strive to ensure the Australian cattle feedlot industry remains at the forefront of best practice and innovation were celebrated at the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) SMARTBEEF 2019 event at Dalby, Queensland, last week. Source: Beef Central Industry achievers celebrated at SMARTBEEF 2019

Kangaroos (and other herbivores) are eating away at national parks across Australia

  Grazing from kangaroos affects vulnerable native species. Tom Hunt, Author provided   Protected land, including national parks, are a cornerstone of conservation. Once an area is legally protected, it… Source: Beef Central Kangaroos (and other herbivores) are eating away at national parks across Australia

Weekly rainfall wrap + weather outlook, 9 October 2019

Cold fronts brought showers to coastal southern Australia, while onshore flow brought showers and storms in eastern Queensland. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + weather outlook, 9 October 2019

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 9 Oct 2019

Cold fronts brought showers to coastal southern Australia, while onshore flow brought showers and storms in eastern Queensland. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 9 Oct 2019

NSW Young Farmer Business Program committee seeks new blood

YOUNG New South Wales farmers are being invited to nominate for the state’s Young Farmer Business Program Advisory Committee. Source: Sheep Central NSW Young Farmer Business Program committee seeks new blood

First new crop grain delivered to Viterra network

Hot weather has brought on the South Australian harvest which is now underway in the upper Yorke Peninsula with the first load delivered yesterday into Port Pirie. Source: Grain Central First new crop grain delivered to Viterra network

KLTT live export shipment prompts animal rights ire in South Africa

MAJOR Middle East sheep importer the Kuwait Livestock Transport and Trading Company is hitting hurdles in its attempt to supplement limited Australian supplies with a South African shipment. Source: Sheep Central KLTT live export shipment prompts animal rights ire in South Africa

Qld beef processors facing major impacts from coal mine closure

Some of Queensland’s largest beef processors and cattle lot feeders are bracing for major impacts after learning their supply of coal will be cut off within nine months. Source: Beef Central Qld beef processors facing major impacts from coal mine closure

Orphan calves find a new mother to raise them during drought

Tamworth farmer Cathy Hockings looks after orphaned calves, helping out drought-affected farmers unable to keep young stock. Source: ABC Livestock Orphan calves find a new mother to raise them during drought

Weekly genetics review: Relationships that underpin selection

Changing a beef herd, or moving it towards a specific goal is not a quick process. The rate of genetic gain within a herd can be determined by well-proven equations, genetics editor Alastair Rayner reports this week. How quickly new genetics enter a herd and how much selection pressure is placed on existing breeders is the… Read more »

Australia's biggest cattle saleyards turn 50 in the face of severe drought

Over half a century, the Roma Saleyards in southern Queensland have become more than just a place to sell and buy livestock. They’re a meeting point, a social occasion and even an unlikely tourist destination. Source: ABC Livestock Australia’s biggest cattle saleyards turn 50 in the face of severe drought

SA livestock carrier convicted and fined $5000 for sheep cruelty

A SOUTH Australian livestock transporter who threw live and dead sheep off his truck into a pile has been convicted on animal cruelty charges and fine $5000 in the Horsham Magistrate’s Court. Source: Sheep Central SA livestock carrier convicted and fined 00 for sheep cruelty

Australia to play host to 2021 World Angus forum

With the World Angus Forum now just under two years away, planning and organising is well underway for the two-week event being held across eastern Australia from late April to early May 2021. Source: Beef Central Australia to play host to 2021 World Angus forum

Tamworth to host Cattle Council AGM

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Cattle Council of Australia will be held on Wednesday 20 November 2019. Source: Beef Central Tamworth to host Cattle Council AGM

Narromine pitches case for feedlot developments at SmartBeef

The Narromine Shire is ready to accommodate at least three new feedlots, and it exhibited at SmartBeef in Dalby last week to spread the word. Source: Beef Central Narromine pitches case for feedlot developments at SmartBeef

Fake meat? Booming convenience sales are the real meat story

With announcements almost every week that more companies are introducing or trying faux meat products, one might be excused for thinking they’re about to take over the world – not so fast, writes Steve Kay. Source: Beef Central Fake meat? Booming convenience sales are the real meat story

Tariff agreement boosts US wheat access to Japan

US wheat imported into Japan will receive the same preferential advantage that is now given to Canadian and Australian wheat following the signing of a tariff agreement between the US and Japan. Source: Grain Central Tariff agreement boosts US wheat access to Japan